The March of Democracy

  • Brian Dettmer, The March of Democracy, 2010, altered books, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the James F. Dicke Family, 2013.55, © 2010, Brian Dettmer

Exhibition Label

Brian Dettmer's intricate book sculptures celebrate traditional print's tactile richness and glorious physicality. Using old volumes he finds at thrift stores and estate sales, Dettmer selectively carves and "excavates" images and text, revealing new meanings or interpretations without adding to or moving content. For The March of Democracy, Dettmer transformed the first five volumes of a series of the same title, which chronicle the history of the United States from discovery and settlement to its entry into World War II.

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Title
The March of Democracy
Artist
Date
2010
Location
Dimensions
18 1/2 x 19 1/2 x 4 in. (47.0 x 49.5 x 10.2 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of the James F. Dicke Family

Mediums Description
altered books
Classifications
Keywords
  • Allegory – civic – democracy
Object Number
2013.55
Palette
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